Patience Lister

Patience Lister is a Vancouver, B.C. based freelance writer specializing in food and natural health products. She has been writing and conducting research for these sectors since 2005 with a particular focus on nutrition and quality.

Articles by Patience Lister

Recipe: Black Bean Mocha Pie

With the right ingredients, a pie can be a wholesome guilt-free dessert – or better yet, a healthy anytime treat! Black Bean Mocha Pie Combining the natural sweetness of dates with healthy and satisfying fats from walnuts and coconut oil, this pie crust will melt in your mouth. The black bean filling provides protein and dietary more…

Remarkably Simple and Delicious Lentil Soup

It seems like this is turning out to be an especially chilly winter. Warm yourself up from the inside with a nutritious bowl of hot, homemade lentil soup! Soup is a satisfying way to get rid of the shivers while sneaking more vegetables and whole grains into your diet. The base of soup, the broth, more…

Coconut Oil: Uses, Benefits, and What to Look For

It seems like everyone is talking about coconut oil. In only a few short years, this versatile oil has taken the culinary, health, and beauty worlds by storm. Why? Because it’s natural, easy to cook with, and offers distinct health benefits. Cooking Uses and Advantages Coconut oil is a beneficial alternative to butter, margarine, and more…

Why Cranberries Are More Than Just a Juicy Treat

Pucker up – it’s the perfect time of the year to eat cranberries! These red glossy berries add a tangy punch to fall and winter recipes while providing much-needed vitamins, minerals, and a source of antioxidants. If the naturally low sugar content – only 2 g per half cup – make plain cranberries too acidic more…

Recipe: Cherry Banana Dairy-Free Ice Cream

Low-fat dairy products are reliable sources of essential vitamins and minerals – but they’re not for everyone. Some people suffer from lactose intolerance, making dairy products uncomfortable to digest [1]. Also, if you’re prone to non-cystic acne, you may notice that consuming milk products can trigger breakouts [2]. No matter the reason, when you’re committed to more…

3 Common Healthy Eating Mistakes to Avoid

Along with what you put on your plate, healthy eating requires sound choices on how you purchase and use food. Unfortunately, some healthy choices are not as upstanding as you may think. In fact, they could be some of your worst offenders. Here are three tips to help you avoid common, but “not-so-obvious,” healthy eating more…

Tasty Tofu Scramble: A New Breakfast Classic You’ll Love

This vegan-friendly alternative to scrambled eggs is both delicious and nourishing. This recipe is made with extra firm tofu, which provides 10 g of protein, 77 g of calcium, and 2 g of iron per 100 g serving [1]. Like some varieties of eggs, tofu is a source of healthy polyunsaturated fatty acids, selenium, and more…

5 Simple Secrets for Healthy Summer Hair

Ah, summer has arrived! The season of fresh local berries, warm summer evenings, lazy beach days, and parched, brittle hair. That’s right – summer hair can be an uphill battle! The good news is that you can help protect your tresses from the effects of UV rays, heat, pool water, or whatever summer throws your way more…

Surprise! These 5 Foods Are Not Gluten-Free

Although wheat is a commonly known grain that contains gluten, it is also present in rye, barley, oats, triticale, and less familiar varieties of wheat, such as durum, spelt, and kamut. If you or your family are committed to gluten-free eating, add these five unsuspecting sources of gluten to your “no-go” list. 1. Soy Sauce more…

Recipe: No-Bake Healthy Chocolate Pie

Pie — the ultimate comfort food. Whether you prefer your pie sweet, savory, baked, or chilled, there’s something for every palate. While pie may carry a bad rep for being high in trans or saturated fats and sugar, the good news is that it can be healthy. Take this recipe for no-bake chocolate pie; the crust more…